Five Miami-Dade congregations will keep their annual tradition of a community Tisha B’Av service at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Temple Emanuel, 1701 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach.
The participating synagogues are: Beth David Congregation, Temple Beth Am, Temple Beth Sholom, Temple Israel of Greater Miami and Temple Emanuel.
The five synagogues are joining to offer the Miami-Dade Jewish community the opportunity to unite and commemorate the destruction of the First and Second Temples of Jerusalem with prayers, song, and poetry, said Rabbi Hector Epelbaum of Beth David Congregation. "We will read Megillat Elcha, the Book of Lamentations and will pray for the end of Sinat Chinam (translated from Hebrew as ’causeless hatred’) in the world," the rabbi said.
Rabbis and cantors from each congregation will participate in the services. For more information call Temple Emanuel at 305-538-2503 or go to www.tesobe.org.
A warm Neighbors in Religion salute to the Rev. Dr. G. David Horton, the spiritual leader at Greater New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, who has celebrated his 33rd Pastoral Anniversary with special services and events throughout June and July.
The activities will continue with a birthday celebration in Horton’s honor at Sparez Bowling Lanes on Saturday, to be followed with "A Night Out With Our Pastor" on Aug. 3. The night out will include a fish fry. The celebration will conclude at 10 a.m. on Aug. 5, with the Rev. Dr. Mack King Carter, pastor emeritus of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, as the guest preacher. Carter is known throughout the country as an articulate and learned theologian. The community is invited to the services.
Greater New Bethel is at 17025 NW 22nd Ave in Miami Gardens.
The Rev. Michael K. Bouie, the spiritual leader at Mt. Hermon A.M.E. Church, 17800 NW 25th Ave. in Miami Gardens, invites the community to the church’s annual Caribbean Day celebration immediately following the 10 a.m. worship service on July 29.
The event will feature a Junkanoo band, various foods and drinks from the Caribbean and lots of fun and games for the entire family.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 10 and under.
For more information call the church at 305-621-5067.
Help for Haiti
The Haiti earthquake victims are still in need of much help.
Thanks to Marie Evie Auguste, who attends Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, many of the victims are being helped because of her work in collecting clothing and shoes in good condition and sending them to her family in Haiti, who then distributed the items to anyone who needs them.
Auguste lived in a tent for a while after the earthquake, so she understand the need. She now lives in Miami but she hasn’t forgotten those in need in her country.
If you have clothing and shoes that are in good condition, please drop them off to the Rev. Stanton at the cathedral and he will make sure Auguste gets the items.
Call the cathedral at 305-374-3372 for more information.
Also at the cathedral: At 6 p.m. on Aug. 29, Matthew Steynor will be presented in an organ recital entitled "Organ-ic Games." The program will coincide with the start of the 2012 Olympics in London and Steynor’s recital will feature music suitable for a variety of athletic occasions, including a workout just for the feet as well as an organ transcription of Edward Elgar’s "Enigma Variations."